Southern Tier Brewing Company - Lakewood, New York

Imperial Stout - 8.6% ABV

I’m personally going to say that this is better than his partner, the Pumking. The pumpkin flavor matches better with a stout rather than an ale.

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee with burnt orange highlights; the head is a surprisingly light color for so dark a beer but there isn’t much of it and it fades quickly to a ringlet and archipelago though it leaves some splashy lacing behind

Some dude from North Carolina on BeerAdvocate

I had a bad run at pumpkin beers last year during this season so Southern Tier is here to save us all from trying others. 

Random Start: Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace

I’ve listened to Thom Yorke’s solo record so few times that I didn’t realize he had a song called “Atoms For Peace”, the same name that eventually turned into his side project. Blowing it. 

Random Start: Kevin Devine - Matter of Time

I was fortunate enough to see Kevin Devine during his run with Manchester Orchestra for their summer tour. He mainly played “Bubblegum” material so the energy level was opposite of this video. Devine’s songwriting ability is crazy catchy and thought-provoking. 


Dark Force

HaandBryggeriet - Drammen, Norway

Russian Imperial Stout - 9.00% ABV


I don’t see wheat associated with stouts too often so I was intrigued. I’m also interested by any beer that’s foreign and fun to pronounce so I snagged it instantly. 

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Nose brings forward some roasted malt with a bt of smoke, but does not reveal much underlying depth. Taste brings out a bit more with some chocolate and coffee. Along with a bt of sweetness. Feel is fairly full. Drinks quite well, but isn’t as good as Odin’s Tipple.

Some top reviewer guy from Illinois on BeerAdvocate

It’s been a solid, sunny summer and so I’ve celebrated with plenty of good summery brews. The weather was moody and somewhat rainy today so since I’m from North Dakota, I think nature is gearing up for another winter pretty darn soon. And winter often means darker beers to keep me warm. I had no problem buying it. 

Random Start: Bright Eyes - Haile Selassie

This is one of my favorite songs from Bright Eyes and one of the catchier tunes off of their their 2011 release, “The People’s Key”. Haile Selassie was an Emperor of Ethiopa from 1930 to 1974 so I’m starting to wonder if Conor Oberst is a history buff or if he’s just playing off a weird, religious movement theme throughout this album since Selassie was considered a messiah in the Rastafari Movement.

I just looked this all up on Wikipedia so don’t take my word for it but man, Bright Eyes is weird. 


Oktoberfest (Very original guys)

Lucky Bucket Brewing Company - La Vista, Nebraska

Oktoberfest - 5.5% ABV


Fun facts about Oktoberfest/Marzen’s!!

1. They were generally brewed in March back in the day (German for March = MARZEN *mind blows up).

2. In Munich, you can find a bunch of Oktoberfest/Marzen style brews at Weis’n, the place that typically hold the celebration for Oktoberfest. 

3. Over 6 million people gather around to attend Oktoberfest over the 16 day festival.

4. The breweries that make the Oktoberfest beer are fun as hell to say when you actually can’t speak German. HERE THEY ARE!

  • Augustiner Bräu
  • Hacker-Pschorr
  • Löwenbräu
  • Paulaner
  • Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
  • Staatliches Hofbräuhaus

I’m sure I’ll try more Oktoberfests before winter time so the facts will keep coming. But for now….

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

A-Deep burnt orange color..minimal head..

S-Not much….smells sour and infected…

T-Odd…tart almost… not what I expected….some toasted caramel…not my idea of an ofest flavor…definitely tart on the finish

M-Medium bodied…a bit sourish on the finish..

O-Not impressed….seems slightly infected…not drain pour but by far the worst ofest I have had this year. Maybe the non infected batches are better but unfortunately this one is not very good and I am very disappointed to have purchased a six-pack that is off like this…very rarely does this happen with all the micros I have had….can’t find any bottle dating…I’m assuming it is this years version and not one that has been sitting in a warehouse for a year but who knows…then again it doesn’t taste “old or stale” …more infected…slightly but enough to wreck it..

- A top reviewer from Minnesota on beeradvocate that’s treating this beer like a victim from Fallout

My beer was not “infected”. It tasted like a middle of the road Oktoberfest and that’s not a bad thing at all. I fricking love fall beers. The fall season is my favorite so I’m skipping a head a month by grabbing a six pack of this and a pumpkin IPA from…. YOU’LL FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON BEER TIME!


Hop Kitchen RyePA

New Belgium, Colorado

Rye - 6.6% ABV


I caved in and bought a new one. New Belgium has been there from the beginning for me and it has a cute little mascot on this Rye so I decided to snag it.

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye presence that comes through better in the smell in my opinion.

Beer review from a California jabroni on (sorry of jabroni actually offends if you ever see this. your review was really cool)

Rye. Rye is what my Canadian cousin drinks and what he drinks is whiskey. I’m drinking a hybrid of both citizenships I own and man, I feel so cultured. 


Falcon Export

Carlsberg Sverige AB, Sweden

Euro Pale Lager - 5.2% ABV

FIRST BEER FROM SWEDEN! And it’s my first beer in over a couple weeks which isn’t too normal for me but budget cuts are in place after all my money was wasted away in two separate trips to Canada. God Canada, you’re way too expensive. I need to stop going.

What The Hell Did I Just Read? Pretentious Reviewer Excerpt (SWEDISH EDITION)

Burk från SB. Luktar malt och bröd. Smakar malt och bröd. Ganska mkt alkohol slår igenom.

Some guy from Sweden on

Special thanks to my coworker Sarah for bringing this back to me from her vacation. What a gem. And if you guys want to win my heart over, all you have to do is travel and bring back some foreign beer to me. 

I read somewhere along the way that this was the 5th most sold beer in Sweden so I’ll have to be on the look out for some more popular Scandinavian brews in the future. This only as my second Pale Lager also so I have to keep an eye out on them because I enjoy them a lot more than pilsners or typical domestic lagers. 

Random Start: Old Man Gloom - Gift

I thought I would enjoy a lot more Old Man Gloom material being that it’s a supergroup consisting of members from Isis, Cave In, and Converge. But the music is just too patient or weird sometimes. The last half of “Gift” is a rewarding payout for listening to Old Man Gloom and is enough to awake me fully. 

Random Start: Fucked Up - Son the Father

I’ve been listening to a lot of Fucked Up since I got a hold of their new album for my Transition post - and I didn’t like it all that much. Truth be told, I haven’t listened to anything off “The Chemistry of Common Life” but this is the kind of Fucked Up that seems right up my alley.